Finding Hania: Search Continues Into Second Week For Kidnapped Lumberton Teen
The search continues for a 13-year-old Lumberton girl who was abducted outside her home the morning of Nov. 5.
The Lumberton Police Department and the FBI are asking for continued public assistance in the search for Aguilar. At a news conference Monday, Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill asked community members to recount the morning of and days since the abduction.
“Think through the events of the past week, particularly the morning of Monday, Nov. 5, and consider whether you know anything that would help us,” McNeill said. “Is there someone you know who has suddenly changed their normal behavior? Maybe they haven’t gone to work, haven’t come home or they aren’t answering your calls or text messages.”
Authorities say any tip, no matter how small, can help to find the teenage girl. The FBI says it has received hundreds of tips from the community and reviewed hours of surveillance footage in the past week.
People can contact the tip line at 910-272-5871 or the police department at 910-671-3845.
The FBI and the Lumberton Police Department are offering a $15,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to finding Aguilar. At the direction of Gov. Roy Cooper, the state is also offering a $5,000 reward.
According to police, Aguilar was outside her home at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park waiting to be taken to school when a man wearing a yellow bandana forced her into a car that was parked in the driveway. Authorities say the captor stole a relative’s car for the abduction — a green SUV that was later found abandoned in a wooded area nearby.
Aguilar is a 5-foot tall Hispanic female, weighing approximately 125 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt with flowers and blue jeans.